In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.